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Why Is Professional Fire Restoration Advisable for Martinez Homes?

9/5/2020 (Permalink)

There are Many Phases and Stages of Fire Recovery in Residences, and our SERVPRO Team can Help to Navigate Homeowners Through These Challenging Times Efficiently

You might not know what to expect from professional fire restoration in Martinez homes and businesses after a disaster. Entrusting your property to a third party, despite being a leading restoration and recovery team in Columbia County, can be an easier decision the more that you know about cleaning and repair fire damages.  

With so many fire damage restoration layers for Martinez homes, our SERVPRO professionals must be involved from the earliest stages to the final walk-through with our competent restorers and experienced general contractors. We can save our clients time and money on the restoration that their properties already need after a fire by offering a comprehensive solution to property damage recovery. Each of the restoration stages and repairs is critical in making fire losses, "Like it never even happened."  

What Emergency Services Help Set the Stage for Restoration?  

Emergency services refer to the immediate actions taken before the property evaluation even begins. With situations like fire, water, and flood loss, waiting until a restoration plan comes to fruition can allow for more of the property to become damaged from migrating loss effects. While the term 'emergency services' could refer to any of dozens of these preliminary actions that our restorers can take after a loss before mitigation, it primarily indicates several specific steps to reduce smoke, soot, and odors. These include: 

  • Board Up/Tarping – Tarping a damaged roof or sealing over broken windows or man-made structural breaches prevents secondary damages like flooding or animal infestations.  
  • Debris Removal – Piles of bulk materials and partially combusted remnants on the floors can be a catalyst for concentrated smoke odors and soot particles. 
  • Ventilation – Establishing appropriate ventilation and airflow can reduce the severity of soot and smoke particles, odors, and water damages from being extinguished.  
  • Demolition – Careful demolition practices remove damaged portions of structural elements to more efficiently replace them later.  

What is Staging in Fire Restoration?  

It does not take much for fire loss effects in Lafayette to find their way into other property areas through the HVAC system or different pathways. Cross-contamination of foot traffic between the damaged and undamaged areas of your house can also cause this problem. For this reason, staging areas exist to address the concerns more efficiently. These rooms are either constructed with temporary containment barriers in an open area adjacent and attached to the damaged region or in a nearby room large enough to hold our restoration equipment and personal protective gear. The primary advantages of this system are:  

  • Accessible Tools 
  • Convenient Placement
  • Time saving
  • Prevents Cross-Contamination 

What Needs to be Done and When? 

While these preliminary staging and planning actions are critical to getting fire damage mitigation started, executing this plan requires a focus on specific considerations. Protecting the property requires our technicians to address all of these possible problems as they occur. Between mitigation and restoration phases, we can focus our responding technicians on:  

  • Potential Structural Concerns – Structural damage can exist in the earliest recovery stages and receive temporary solutions with board up and tarping. Long-term repairs and reconstruction needs happen after mitigation by our experienced and knowledgeable building trade professionals on the roster.  
  • Protecting Valuables and Belongings – Content relocation and cleaning is another process that can begin in the emergency services phase but extend in some regard through every stage of restoration. On-site recovery can happen with mitigation stages, while off-site restoration at our SERVPRO facility continues as necessary until the items can get returned.  
  • Reducing Worsening Conditions – Mitigation is designed to limit the total losses that your home experiences after a fire, and our technicians have multiple ways of doing this. Air quality control, environmental cleaning, surface cleaning, and debris removal all play a role in keeping fire losses from getting out of control for restorers.  
  • Identifying Health Hazards – Soot can often be among the most hazardous situations after a fire because of these carcinogens being microscopic. HEPA filtration can remove contaminants and particulates from the environment down to as small as 0.3 microns.  

Fire damages do not always have exact causes or efficient pathways to restoration and recovery. As comprehensive of an approach as our SERVPRO of Columbia County team can offer, it is vital to get these services started as soon as possible. Give our professionals a call today at (706) 868-5441.

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